Elie Saab worked a rich and versatile collection for pre-fall, offering a complete wardrobe for women who maintain a polished look throughout the day — and well into the evening. Seventies classics were updated and included chic trousers that elongated the leg, slightly flared at the bottom, and short, macramé dresses in bright red, layered with pussy bow blouses.

A Prince of Wales check with red highlights was worked into a handsome, double-breasted coat, with balloon sleeves. Completing the range, the same pattern was used for overcoats and trousers — tapered or flared. Leopard prints, too, were whipped into trousers and blazers, and for the evening, long, airy dresses with flattering shapes.

Red carpet wear was equally abundant, with embroidered tulle dresses in black with red polka dots, or strips of gold sequins, and voluminous taffeta gowns.

The collection was all about choice — of the elevated sort — and luck, too, for it was finished in the nick of time. A spike in coronavirus cases in Lebanon, where the brand is based, has prompted strict lockdowns in the country, and the house postponed the presentation of its couture collection, which had been scheduled on the Paris calendar. In the meantime, this collection comes as a welcome shot of glamour for those hankering after an occasion to dress up.

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